Zubair M. Ahmed received his Ph.D. degree from Molecular Genetics Department, National Centre for Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. His research training included being a Predoctoral Fellow of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health(NIH), Rockville, MD, USA; Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Divisions of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Children’s Hospital Research Foundation and Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA, from 2009 to date. He received the NIH Fellow Award for Research Excellence in 2006 and 2007, respectively; Medal of Honor by the President of Pakistan in 2008; Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation in 2010. He holds membership of many scientific societies: American Society of Human Genetics (from 2000 to date); The Association for Research in Otolaryngology (from 2004 to date); American Society of Cell Biology (2005-2006); Society for Neuroscience (2006–2009). His lab focus is to identify and characterize genes that control auditory and visual senses in mammals. We do this by conducting molecular genetics studies of individuals with Usher syndrome (USH), a condition that is the most frequent cause of deafness accompanied by blindness (defined by a bilateral sensorineural deafness that originates in the cochlea and loss of vision due to retinitis pigmentosa). The study of USH may help us understand, on a molecular level, the developmental and functional similarities between retinal and cochlear sensory cells. We uses molecular biologic and genetic approaches, human, zebrafish and mouse models, and heterologous cell culture expression systems to conduct our research.
Biography Updated on 11 March 2013